Getting Started with Online Course Instruction

Online training available!  The Instructional Design team has released Getting Started with Online Course Design.  This course is an introductory course to teaching online at Lane Community College.  This course is highly recommended for instructors who are new to teaching online and/or instructors who would like a refresher on online teaching strategies.  All interested LCC faculty can join!

Being an effective, online instructor requires a set of skills that are similar to those required in the face-to-face classroom. The online instructor must be able to build community while having little to no face-to-face contact, offer clear, regular (weekly), and informative feedback, communicate effectively in a medium that lacks body language and tone of voice, as well as use instructional strategies that are independent of time and space to support student learning. The added aspect of the required technologies, like the Learning Management System (LMS)/Moodle, also comes into play.

This course will introduce you to the many facets of online instruction as you build skills in four areas: technical, managerial, social, and pedagogical. Finally, to synthesize all you have learned, you will build an instructional Checklist to help guide your ongoing online instructional needs.

Course Outcomes

  • Articulate the principles and best practices of online course instruction.
  • Mold course participants into effective online learners by understanding learning styles and teaching strategies to meet their needs.
  • Encourage participation in the online environment using best practices and through a variety of online tools.
  • Enhance and strengthen online learning by using different instructional strategies and creating interactive course components that foster collaboration.
  • Follow strategies for managing your time using tools and effective classroom management strategies to help organize and maintain the online classroom.
  • Identify assessment and feedback strategies, tools to support assessment, grading, and prevention of plagiarism in the online environment.

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Get Ready for Online Readiness!

Online Student Readiness is a passion project of mine. (Others have hobbies, I hear). There are dozens of factors that have an impact on whether a student can succeed in an online course in any given term, and only a few of these are within the control of the college. One of these is whether we’re setting students up for success in online by providing training in the skills that the online medium requires.

The short summary:

Starting in Winter 2019, faculty can add our Readiness survey or any one of six individual modules to their classes, refer students to a Moodle “course” that takes an hour and will help prepare students for online, or refer students (through Week 2) to a credit-level Effective Online Learning course to help them succeed in online. This post covers the surveys and modules.

Here are links to all of these resources:

The background:

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